A Trust fund has been set up for a teenage girl who suffered brain damage after being swept into the sea at Eyemouth Harbour.
Life saving equipment's being installed along a harbour wall where a teenager was seriously hurt, when she was swept out to sea.
Teenager is still recovering in hospital after being swept out to sea
Eyemouth is to receive £118,000 from the Government's Coastal Communities Fund. It will be used to set up a smugglers coastal trail, based on historic stories from the area.
– Derek Janes, Honorary Curator at Gunsgreen House
We're planning to develop the Smugglers' Coast trail, linked to the Berwickshire Coastal Path, with interpretation panels and information in phone apps. We will also add to the exhibitions at Gunsgreen House, which was the home of John Nisbet, far and away the biggest smuggler in Berwickshire."**
Match funding for the Smugglers Trail has been granted from Axis 4 of European Fisheries Fund which is co-financed by Scottish Borders Council**.
– Cllr Stuart Bell, Scottish Borders Council
A key element of our economic strategy is to develop the tourism sector in the Scottish Borders. I welcome this project which will increase the range of activities available to visitors to the coast, providing them with more to see and do, and encouraging them to stay longer."**
While the clean-up begins, parts of the region have been experiencing another day of wild weather.
The coastal town of Eyemouth has taken a battering from the biggest high tide in more than a century.
Businesses at the harbour-side have been cleaning up today after the worst flooding in the town for decades.
Jenny Longden reports:
The coastal town of Eyemouth in the Scottish Borders has seen the highest tides in more than a century.
It has caused flooding in properties on the harbour-side as massive waves battered the harbour wall.
Jenny Longden reports:
The parents of a teenage girl left brain damaged after being swept out to sea at Eyemouth Harbour are calling for better life-saving equipment to be made available at beaches.
Katie-Lou Maclean now needs round the clock care since being rescued from the water at Eyemouth last year.
Her parents have set up a petition to lobby government for beach safety laws to be introduced.
Jenny Longden reports:
An Eyemouth father, whose daughter suffered serious brain damage after being swept to sea at Eyemouth Harbour, is campaigning for better safety equipment at beaches.
Andy MacLean has set up an online petition and is looking for nearly 100,000 signatures to take to parliament.
He wants to see a law introduced, requiring all beaches to have risk assessments and life saving equipment.
The petition can be seen here.
Andy Maclean says his daughter would be living a very different life now had the beach in Eyemouth had life saving equipment been available.
His 15-year-old daughter Katie-Lou needs round-the-clock care after an accident in June 2012 left her severely brain damaged.
– Andy Maclean
"Our daughter now has severe brain injuries, the reason being the amount of time she spent in the water. People were trying to pull her out of the water with dog leads, with lorry straps, and some people even risked their only lives jumping in the waves, and many people got hurt trying to save her. If there was life saving equipment that could have been thrown to her and pulled her out earlier, she would no doubt be very different now."
A father whose 15-year-old daughter was left severely brain damaged after getting swept to sea at Eyemouth is campaigning for life saving equipment to be made a legal requirement at all UK beaches.
Andy Maclean, whose daughter Katie-Lou needs round-the-clock care since the accident in June 2012, says things could have turned out different if life saving equipment had been available.
Scottish Borders Council has fitted equipment at the beach in Eyemouth since the accident, but local authorities are under no legal obligation to provide safety equipment.
A father from Eyemouth whose daughter was left brain damaged after falling into the sea is launching a safety campaign.
Andy Maclean is calling for the government to make beach risk assessments and life saving equipment mandatory.
Katie-Lou fell into the water at Eyemouth and couldn't be easily rescued.
A fisherman from the Scottish Borders has filmed a close encounter, with what he's convinced is a killer whale.
John Malone was out kayaking when he spotted a dorsal fin heading his way.
Jenny Longden reports.
John Malone was fishing in his kayak off the coast of Eyemouth when a huge killer whale came spouting out of the water.
Mr Malone, who is an experienced kayaker, caught the footage on his helmet cam.
He has never seen anything like it:
"I was just sitting quietly fishing away, when i started to hear a huge blowing noise. I spun round and right in front of me was a huge killer whale.
"It was only in shot for a few seconds before it disappeared under the water and left a huge suction ring.
"That's when i really started to panic. Once it disappeared, i didn't know where it was going to come up again. Fortunately it didn't come up underneath my kayak."